Saturday, June 24, 2006

Stuck in Mesopotamia

T.E. Lawrence, aka, Lawrence of Arabia, is quoted in Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilisation (2005) from 1920, in an article in the Sunday Times of London, evaluating Britain's military endeavors in Iraq:

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour.  They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information.  The Baghdad communiqu├ęs are belated, insincere, incomplete.  Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows ... We are today not far from a disaster.

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